Barcelona reportedly restricted ticket sales on Wednesday in order to prevent further Frankfurt fans from acquiring tickets at the home end.
Thousands of Eintracht Frankfurt fans packed the home sections of the Nou Camp to watch their team defeat Barcelona 3-2 in the Europa League quarter-finals.
According to reports, 30,000 Frankfurt fans traveled to Spain for the return leg, which was tense after a 1-1 tie in Germany last week.
Frankfurt had sold out its 5,000 away-seat allocation, while Sport in Spain stated that Barcelona had blocked ticket sales for their own fans on Wednesday in an attempt to prevent opposition fans from purchasing more in the home ends.
During the game, there were Frankfurt fans in every corner of the over 100,000-capacity stadium, many of whom were wearing replica shirts in close proximity to Barcelona supporters.
“The home end is already teeming with Frankfurt fans at Camp Nou, and there’s nothing subtle about it.” “I don’t recall anything like here,” ESPN correspondent Samuel Marsden said.
Frankfurt fans had much to cheer about in the first half, as they took a 2-0 lead over the Europa League favorites.
After four minutes, Filip Kostic scored from the penalty spot, and Rafael Borré followed with a magnificent strike from 25 yards out.
It was later stated that Barcelona’s most vocal supporters, who sit in the lower section behind one of the goals, chose not to come out for the start of the second half in protest of the large number of Frankfurt fans there.
It turned out to be a 10-minute boycott, but when they returned and the second half began, there were loud whistles when the home side was in possession, indicating how many Frankfurt fans had come to see their team play.
Frankfurt’s fortunes improved as well, with Kostic scored his second goal to put the Bundesliga club on the verge of the final four.
Barcelona attempted a late comeback, but a Sergio Busquets strike and a Memphis Depay penalty, both in injury time, were too late as Frankfurt claimed a memorable victory.